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    NI Environment Week – Benburb Castle

    Saturday 9th September
    Benburb Castle
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    NI Environment Week – Picnic with nature at Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – The Park After Dark – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
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    NI Environment Week – Walk on the wild side – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

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    NI Environment Week – Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

    Monday 11th September
    Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
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    NI Environment Week – Batty about bats!

    Wednesday 13th September
    Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, Carnmoney

    NI Environment Week – Get your hands dirty!

    Thursday 14th September
    Various
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    NI Environment Week – Creggan Heritage Trail for 50+ groups

    Thursday 14th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Power from the Planet – Creggan Country Park

    Friday 15th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Food from the Hills, Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre

    Saturday 16th September
    Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre
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    Vaccination Benefit 19 December 2012

    Vaccination benefit is passed on to cubs

    A newly–published study has shown a direct beneficial effect of vaccination against bovine TB in individual badgers and an indirect protective effect in unvaccinated cubs [1]. The Badger Trust, the country’s sole badger conservation charity is undertaking badger vaccination programmes along with many other organisations, as well as supporting efforts to bring about cattle vaccination.

    The paper says vaccination with Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) has already been shown to reduce the severity and progression of experimentally–induced TB in captive badgers and a four–year clinical field study among badger social group levels suggested a similar, direct protective effect. Injections reduced by 76% the risk of free–living vaccinated badgers testing positive for progressive infection.

    Furthermore, the risk of unvaccinated cubs giving positive tests went down significantly as more badgers in each social group were vaccinated. There was an even greater reduction in risk to such cubs – 79 per cent – when more than a third of their social group had been vaccinated.

    David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust, said: ”This is yet another valuable piece of evidence to add to the many others leading to a better understanding of how vaccination can help to control this insidious disease.  This ever–growing body of knowledge is a clear signpost to the future when vaccination will be far more effective than killing badgers, and banishes all fear of spreading the disease”.

    He listed the new knowledge as:

    · In recent months reputable sources have condemned Britain’s sporadic control efforts and revealed the effects of liver fluke in cattle [2].

    · The Law Commission is to review the chaotic mass of wildlife law which is clearly not fit for its purpose of defending wildlife [3] although this could be an opportunity for manipulation by vested interests.

    · Two leading scientists have spelt out likely consequences of uncertainties in accounting for the proportion of badger populations culled [4].

    · This was published just as the Coalition revealed gross underestimation of badger populations in the proposed ‘pilot’ culling areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire [5].

    Mr. Williams added: “For many years now there has been nothing like the same level of up to date proof to support the idea that killing badgers at huge cost could yield more than highly marginal benefits.

    NOTES

    [1] http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-vaccination-unvaccinated-badger-cubs-tuberculosis.html

    [2] http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n5/full/ncomms1840.html

    [3] http://www.nfbg.org.uk/_Attachments/Resources/774_S4.pdf

    [4] http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v485/n7400/full/485582a.html (author information).

    [5]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121017/text/121017w0001.htm#12101764001054 – (Col 296W)

     

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